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Grillo wins PGA Tour rookie of the year

  • Emiliano Grillo, of Argentina, listens during a news conference at the Silverado Resort after the pro-am event of the Safeway Open PGA golf tournament Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, in Napa, Calif. Grillo is the defending champion of the tournament and was also named the tour's Rookie of the Year. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Emiliano Grillo, of Argentina, listens during a news conference at the Silverado Resort after the pro-am event of the Safeway Open PGA golf tournament Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, in Napa, Calif. Grillo is the defending champion of the tournament and was also named the tour's Rookie of the Year. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)  (The Associated Press)

  • Emiliano Grillo, of Argentina, takes a bite of a special sandwich made just for him after being named the Rookie of the Year at the Silverado Resort during the Safeway Open PGA golf tournament Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, in Napa, Calif. Grillo is the defending champion of the tournament. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Emiliano Grillo, of Argentina, takes a bite of a special sandwich made just for him after being named the Rookie of the Year at the Silverado Resort during the Safeway Open PGA golf tournament Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, in Napa, Calif. Grillo is the defending champion of the tournament. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)  (The Associated Press)

Emiliano Grillo of Argentina has been voted PGA Tour rookie of the year.

It was the third time in the last four years that the top PGA Tour rookie came from the high school class of 2011. Jordan Spieth won in 2013 and Daniel Berger won last year.

Grillo received his award Wednesday at the Safeway Open, where he is the defending champion. Smylie Kaufman and Si Woo Kim also won last season as rookies, though Grillo finished the highest in the FedEx Cup at No. 11.

The Argentine says he will always remember his two trophies from his rookie season — from the tournament he won and the rookie award. He says PGA Tour rookie of the year was harder because he had to play well all year.